Nespresso Error Code 17206: Solutions for Barcode Errors!

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You will see this Nespresso Error Code 17206 when your Nespresso Vertuo machine can not recognize the capsule. These machines have this feature where they will read the barcode on the Vertuo capsule before brewing your coffee.

A dirty barcode reader can cause the machine to malfunction When this problem appears, it may not go away so quickly even if you try with different capsules. So, what are the reasons for that?

  • As the coffee drip inside, it will get dirty over time. The coffee residue will block the barcode reader to perform its task.
  • If the barcode on the Vertuo capsules becomes blurry, it won’t work.
  • If the capsules are somehow missing the barcode on their bodies, the barcode reader won’t be able to read it.
  • If the barcode reader gets damaged, you will get error code 17206.

Where Is The Barcode Reader Located?

Nespresso Vertuo Capsule Barcode Reader Location
Nespresso Vertuo Capsule Barcode Reader Location

In your Nespresso Vertuo machine, there is a translucent ring on the pod holder. It is plastic made. You will find it around the capsule holder. The barcode reader is located, frankly speaking, hidden under that ring.

How To Solve Nespresso Vertuo Error Code 17206?

How To Solve Nespresso Error Code 17206 Infographic
How To Solve Nespresso Error Code 17206 Infographic
  • Try to reset the whole machine. If resetting doesn’t work, it is time for the next step.
  • Unplug the Nespresso machine from the electric outlet.
  • Push downward the pod holder very carefully.
  • Expose the seal over the barcode reader.
  • If the reader is blocked with coffee residue, it is time to do a careful cleaning.
  • Collect a fluffy and flexible small toothbrush.
  • Drip the brush into hot water and gently clean the narrow places.
  • Clean the ring extensively. Make sure to rub all the parts near the barcode reader.
  • Put a new capsule on the machine and brew the coffee for a test run.

If you are careful and passionate while following my instructions, I am hopeful that it will solve your Nespresso error code 17206 problem. If you again see that the machine can not recognize the pods, it is time to call customer service right away. Contact VertuoLine at +1 877-964-6299 (toll-free).

Pro Tips

  • Carefully disassemble small parts
  • Handle the barcode reader gently
  • Try doing the cleaning twice for better results

Kinel’s Observation

When you notice the Nespresso error code 17206 on your app, just don’t get frightened. Go along with my instruction one by one. You will get it fixed eventually. Also, it will be my absolute pleasure to get your trouble out.

Kinel Parker
Hello, It's my pleasure to introduce myself. I'm Kinel Parker, head of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering(EEE) department at J B Appliance. I'm here to give my lovely wife and three talented kids support so they can cover the technical side of kitchen appliances in their own blogs.

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